Egypt Launches Fourth MEKO A-200 EN Frigate

The Egyptian Navy has launched the ENS Al-Jabbar, its fourth MEKO A-200 EN frigate, at the Alexandria Shipyard.

The ship is the final Al-Aziz-class frigate to be delivered by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems under a $2.7-billion contract with the Egyptian government.

Crewed by 120 personnel, the vessel is capable of accommodating 50 more special forces operatives for important missions.

The Al-Jabbar is scheduled to enter service in 2024, joining the fleet for special forces support, search and rescue, and humanitarian missions.

Egypt’s Vessels

The ENS Al-Jabbar is 121 meters (397 feet) long and 16.3 meters (53 feet) wide, with a displacement of 3,700 tons.

Aziz-class frigates are able to reach speeds of 29 knots (33 miles/53 kilometers per hour) and have a range of 7,200 nautical miles (8,300 miles/13,357 kilometers) at 16 knots (18 miles/29 kilometers per hour).

Its armaments include a rapid-fire OTO 127/64 light-weight gun assembly, 16 Exocet anti-ship missiles, two torpedo launchers, and 2 Mauser BK-27 27mm guns. A towed-array sonar and a Thales NS-110 4D AESA radar support its navigation capabilities.

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